Welcome to The Medical School for International Health (MSIH)
The Medical School for International Health (MSIH) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is the first and only medical school in the world to incorporate global health components into all four years of the core M.D. curriculum. We offer an M.D. program that prepares you for a career going far beyond the hospital or private clinic. Gain the training necessary to practice medicine while meeting the challenges of global health — and make a real impact.
With classes entirely in English, the M.D. program is taught by experienced physicians with personal involvement in global health. Together we are dedicated to preparing a new generation of doctors who have a comprehensive view of health around the world — whether they practice medicine locally or internationally.
Exciting Path to Residency With three years of study and training in Israel, fourth-year electives in North America and an eight-week global health clerkship at one of our sites around the world, our M.D. program is designed to provide an exciting path to residency in the United States, Canada and beyond. Match rates for MSIH graduates parallel match rates of top medical programs in the U.S., with more than 90% of students matching with one of their top residency choices over the past decade.
How Will my M.D. Focus on Global Health?
Our program takes an integrated approach to global health and cross-cultural medicine. The curriculum provides a comprehensive education in medical sciences and clinical training, with focused global health coursework, concepts, issues and practices throughout. As a student at MSIH, you’ll participate in an array of global health and medicine components, including:
• Specific global health modules such as Tropical Diseases, Birth as a Human Rights Issue, Nutrition, Aging, Anatomy of Urban Health for the Poor and Underserved, HIV/AIDS, International Health Promotion, Migration and Health, Tuberculosis, Cardiovascular Disease in Developing Countries and other relevant topics • Clinical clerkships providing exposure to diverse patients from southern Israel’s Bedouin and Ethiopian communities, as well as immigrants from the former Soviet Union, Africa, the Americas and the Middle East • Eight weeks in a global health rotation in diverse locations around the world, such as India, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Peru, Mexico and Ethiopia • A year-long course in clinical and global medicine that covers history, critical concepts, and practices and emerging issues in the field • Courses in epidemiology and anthropology that emphasize demographic and cultural issues • A course in biostatistics that develops the skills to write a high-quality research paper on topics relevant to global health issues • An interactive workshop that offers cross-cultural clinical communications skills and simulations
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